har·​ried ˈher-ēd How to pronounce harried (audio)
: beset by problems : harassed
a harried waiter who forgets your order

Examples of harried in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The station’s harried and overworked station master had to listen to myriad complaints about men who had taken over the women’s waiting room and refused to give up their seats. Frederick N. Rasmussen, Baltimore Sun, 23 Jan. 2024 Previous heat waves have delayed flights, making commercial flying even more challenging for harried travelers. Alexandra E. Petri, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2023 Yelling at harried gate agents won’t get you anywhere. Eileen Ogintz, Chicago Tribune, 29 June 2023 Such fairy tale readings are cleverly presented here as a harried backstage version of the bedtime ritual, with a narrator (a Svengali-like director played by Adam Godley) making certain that each of his conveyor-belt beauties stick to the script. A.d. Amorosi, Variety, 22 June 2023 Metcalfe is sterner and more deeply Italian than Patricia Heaton's Deb, but the dynamic of harried housewife and hapless husband remains. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 21 Apr. 2023 Quartz at Work: Despite all the data that points to a harried group of individuals, working parents are still largely underserved in the workplace. Anna Oakes, Quartz, 11 Apr. 2023 Their harried departure, at a time when travel within the country was perilous and sometimes impossible, was accomplished with the help of the Polish prime minister, who allowed Hall, running out of pain medication, to board a train returning from a secret diplomatic mission to Kyiv. Manuel Roig-Franzia, Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2023 In its first sequence, a harried gofer named Manny Torres (played by Diego Calva) tries to transport an elephant into the Hollywood Hills for a big-shot producer’s party, a farcical task that ends with the elephant pooping on the camera lens—in a way, on the viewers themselves. David Sims, The Atlantic, 23 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


from past participle of harry

First Known Use

1609, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of harried was in 1609

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“Harried.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harried. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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